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Monday, May 29, 2006

How NOT to rip off someone

I love Ebay.

I really do. I use it all the time, practically every day.

People ask me all the time if I've ever been scammed on it, by someone who defrauded me by not living up to their end of the deal. Honestly, I really never have. There have been some minor problems here and there, but the closest that I ever came to having a serious issue is where someone sold me a laptop and it turned out that it was not as it was described, but the guy who sold it to me refunded me my money because it had been sold to HIM under the same false pretenses, and he was taking his seller at his word. In the end, I lost no money at all, and my faith remains strong in Ebay.

Now, this is not to say that there's not fraud on Ebay, there certainly is. Sometimes these crooks are caught, sometimes they're not.

And sometimes something like this happens.

Meet Amir Massoud Tofangsazan. This gentleman sold a broken laptop to another guy, and then when he was asked for a refund for the broken laptop, disappeared without a trace.

Wait a minute. Without a trace? Then how do I have his picture and his real name if he's gone?

Well, you see, our man Amir may have sold a broken computer, but what he did not really take into account is that the hard drive in the computer was still functional and that he did not bother to erase anything off of the hard drive before defrauding someone else with this broken computer.

So, not only do we have his picture and his real name from this hard drive, we also have things such as: a scan of his passport, his bank records, his mom's passport and bank records, his resume, passwords to his email accounts, numerous embarrassing pictures of himself in various states of undress, an extensive pornography collection (both straight and gay), and, perhaps most strange of all, 90 photographs taken with a camera phone of women's legs on a subway.

These are not the sort of things you want placed in the hands of someone whom you've just ripped off.

Now, would I post all these things on the internet for ridicule and revenge? Me personally, no. I would not.

This guy who was defrauded, however, has no problem with it, as you will see while you pore over the entire personal life of this moron, who is about to find out that while two wrongs do not necessarily make a right, that SECOND wrong can, in fact, sometimes be pretty fucking awesome.


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